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Category Archive: Life

Religious Journeying

I have learned a lot about faith in the last few years. Events in my religious community have caused me to examine my own beliefs and to study and ponder more on the… Continue reading

Books for My Daughter(s)

When my oldest daughter was a baby, and I was bored being at home all of the time, we used to go to the thrift store and look at books to pass the… Continue reading

Getting to Know You: Survey Results

A year ago, I collaborated with Ariel from One Little Library, Kay from What Me Read, and Tamara from Traveling With T. to survey our readers about what they (you!) enjoy in a… Continue reading

The Drive Home

Being afraid is exhilarating. I had just dashed up the carpeted stairs of our hundred-year-old house, pushing the laundry chute closed as I passed. I made it to my purple room and crashed… Continue reading

On My Bookshelf, No. 15

To see previous posts in this series, click here. This is my bookshelf. Here is a snippet of what’s on it. They Knew Mr. Knight (1934) by Dorothy Whipple Frost in May (1933)… Continue reading

People in My Neighborhood

In every community, there is a hierarchy. There are always people who seem “cooler” (or who think they are cooler) and make it known. These people often congratulate each other publicly and get… Continue reading

Rest in Peace, Madge

Last week on September 16, my paternal grandmother, Madge Lorene Carmack Thompson, died in a hospital in Missouri, surrounded by her sons. She was 78 years old and had been battling cancer. I… Continue reading

On My Bookshelf, No. 12

To see previous posts in this series, click here. This is my bookshelf. Here is a snippet of what’s on it, ten at a time. We Were the Mulvaneys (1996) by Joyce Carol… Continue reading

A Trip to Ireland

Last week, my husband and I were in Ireland. We visited because I had been accepted at an academic conference in Limerick. In fact, the paper I submitted with my colleague Breeanne ended… Continue reading

Bleeding in Books

I just started reading The Girl on the Train (2015) by Paula Hawkins. Immediately, I noticed a line that made me wonder, as it does in any other book. Every time I read… Continue reading